Bushfire closes Indian Ocean Drive between Leeman and Brand Hwy

Staff ReportersGeraldton Guardian
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke, and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
Camera IconMotorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke, and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site. Credit: Supplied/File photo

A section of Indian Ocean Drive is closed in both directions due to an out of control bushfire caused by a lightning strike.

A bushfire was reported at 3.12pm yesterday afternoon and an advice is in place for people people in the vicinity of Indian Ocean Drive near Beekeepers Nature Reserve in the Shire of Carnamah.

Fire fighters are on the scene attempting to manage multiple out of control and unpredictable fires which started in Beekeepers Nature Reserve and are burning in a south-westerly direction.

Couple enjoying the coastal view from Grigson Lookout, located in Beekeepers Nature Reserve, south of Green Head.
Camera IconCouple enjoying the coastal view from Grigson Lookout, located in Beekeepers Nature Reserve, south of Green Head. Credit: Visarge/Tourism Western Australia

A number of roads have been closed including Indian Ocean Drive from Leeman up to the Brand Highway intersection and Coolimba-Eneabba Road from Indian Ocean Drive east to Erindoon Road.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke, and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will provide its next update by 11am, unless the situation changes.

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